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Who serves chicken "oysters" in Boston?

Tir_na_nOg Feb 8, 2009 05:57 AM

Does anyone serve a chicken "oyster" dish in the Boston area?

If you don't know what these little delicacies are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_...


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    newhound Feb 8, 2009 06:14 AM

    Have you ever heard of a place anywhere that serves a dish of chicken oysters? Oysters are one of the reasons whole roast chickens are a go-to dinner party for me-- roast four birds, get eight oysters.

    A chicken oyster dish woudl get me to a restaurant in mere seconds.

    I suppose they are like dishes based on cheeks...

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    1. re: newhound
      Tir_na_nOg Feb 8, 2009 07:08 AM

      I've never seen them on a menu, but apparently there are places that do serve them. The oysters and the kidneys are the best parts of the chicken!

      This article from 2006 mentions Dante:


    2. yumyum Nov 10, 2011 11:20 AM

      Bumping a zombie thread because I'm obsessed with the notion of getting chicken oysters anywhere in addition to Catalyst.


      Has anyone had that dish, and have you seen these little nuggets of love elsewhere in town?

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      1. re: yumyum
        MC Slim JB Nov 10, 2011 11:34 AM

        I've had it; it was one of the few really dull dishes I had at Catalyst, which I otherwise liked quite a bit. Not really a ton of discernible chicken oysters in it, and overall a bland, underseasoned, unremarkable pasta dish.


        1. re: MC Slim JB
          mkfisher Nov 10, 2011 12:34 PM

          We felt this way about the mushroom ravioli dish. I do agree that there weren't a ton of chicken oysters in the dish.

          1. re: mkfisher
            yumyum Nov 10, 2011 12:45 PM

            Given that there are two per bird, I wouldn't expect a lot of them. In fact, maybe it takes away from the specialness of the item itself by making it into a dish. Hmmm.... I need to go contemplate my navel. And/or contemplate the pasta....

            1. re: yumyum
              MC Slim JB Nov 10, 2011 03:17 PM

              The only pasta we loved was the corn ravioli (photographed in my Stuff review, and likely off the menu by now); the chicken-oyster garganelli and the dried-tomato etc. gnocchi were not so wonderful.

              Great little burger, I must say, with fine fries accompanied by three excellent dipping sauces. Also liked a chilled preserved-tomato soup and farm egg on brandade. Decent, craft-y cocktails at the bar. Dining room service was a bit of a mixed bag.


          2. re: MC Slim JB
            tatsu Nov 11, 2011 10:17 AM

            I also had that dish, I was disappointed in the chicken oysters too, they were muddled in the sauce and overcooked, starting to break down. The pasta itself was really nice I thought, a very firm bite, but thin. The pork bits floating around kind of overwhelmed everything for me.

            Chicken oysters are great lightly grilled. They can be appreciated on their own I feel.

          3. re: yumyum
            mkfisher Nov 10, 2011 11:35 AM

            Had that dish on my first visit to Catalyst - it was excellent. Almost ordered it again last night, but the wife and I were in the mood for a burger instead.

            1. re: mkfisher
              yumyum Nov 10, 2011 12:13 PM

              Holy mixed reviews batman! I guess I'm just gonna have to see for myself. I've been meaning to find myself at that bar. Lose myself at that bar? Whatevs. I'll report back.

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